was hoping to upload an update during the lockdown, however, when I reviewed the new and updated information there were queries caused that need further work which is still ongoing. Files are dated which will show how current they are. If you have a specific need to check information please email and I can answer from my latest files on my laptop.

This research was inspired by an earlier printed work in 1913 produced by Alexander Howell. He was a conveyancing solicitor and much of his research came from title deeds and the information contained within them. My research continues in this manner but using all sources available from original material such as he used to modern printed resources. I have attempted to maintain the accuracy of the information but may well have introduced errors in transposing the information. Should you wish to use the information then the original sources can be checked, in case of any transcription errors, except where the information is not referenced in which case I am the source.

Copyright remains with original sources, any use of this information should at least be credited to myself as collator of the information.

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Roads, Street

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  Y 

Buildings, terraces and features within streets

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Public Houses & Breweries

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  Y  Breweries  Coffee Taverns

Churches & Other Places of Worship

Anglican  Baptist  Methodist  Plymouth Bretheren  Roman Catholic  Salvation Army  United Reformed  Others


Canals  Corners  Creeks & Ponds  Fields  Fortifications  Furlongs  Parks  Wells

Societies & Organisations

Buffaloes  Choirs  Druids  Foresters  Freemasons  Good Shepherds  Good Templars  Moose  Oddfellows

Rechabites  Rosicrucians  Misc  YMCA


Amusement  Architects  Bakers  Builders A-L  Builders M-Z  Bus  & Coaches  Butchers

Cap Makers  Cinemas  Circus  Co-op  Corsets  Dairies  Dance Schools  Doctors

Guest Houses & Hotels  Ice Cream  Laundries  Mineral Water  Misc Companies  Music Halls

Newspapers  Photographers  Solicitors  Sweeps  Taxis  Theatres  Transport  Undertakers

Other Topics

Air Raids  Barracks  British/Civic Restaurants/NAAFI  Characters  Charities

Drainage  Estates  Farms  Fire/Police  Freeman  Governors  Graveyards

Hospitals  "Lady Morley's" Wall  Libraries  Lifeboats  Manors  Memorials  Mills  Odd Facts

People  Piers  Prisons  Railways  Schools  Skating Rinks  Townhalls  Utilities  Weather


External Sites

Portsmouth Encyclopaedia - Portsmouth City Council

History  in Portsmouth & Memorials in Portsmouth - by the late Tim Backhouse archived at British Library, search for Portsmouth

1 1855, 1867 and 1905 trade directories - 2006.
2 House names from City Engineers plans - 2006
3 1828, 1911 and 1915 trade directory - 2007
4 1918, 1923 trade directories - 2009
5 1928, 1934, 1937, 1938 and 1940 trade directories - 2010
6 1892, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1905, 1917 trade directories and major update of some sections - 2013

7 Site moved to new host. Some topics split, major update on builders with planning applications 1895 to 1924 - 2016

​8 Council minutes 1895  to 1951 and census 1841 to 1911 - 2018

9 Council minutes 1952 to 1964, Sweeps  - 2019

10 Lady Morley's Wall added

1 Dates of start and end of items is not necessarily precise as directories take time to add new and remove old entries
2 Some of the new sections are still under development as I decide how to best present the information
3 Do not panic if your street/house does not have recent date added, that only means I have not visited the street in recent years that is next stage to revisit.

4 The numbers at the right of each line in the sections above refer to source material listed in references.
5 In the pubs sections the last lines of each generally shows the tie and the licensee.

Portsmouth Local History

Portsmouth Local History

Older versions of the site are available at the British Library web archive see their site

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